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Michaelmas Round-up

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It’s been a busy Michaelmas Term for the Wodehouse Library.

Over the summer a new Library Management System came on stream so there was a fresh look to the Library Catalogue and, at half-term, the new security system was switched on. Gradually all the items in the Wodehouse collection will be RFID tagged so, please, do return to the Issue Desk if the alarm goes off as you leave – you’ll hear a beeping noise if you have an item that hasn’t been issued and deactivated.

Pupil Librarians and Library Prefects have worked hard to help staff sort all the items which have been withdrawn from the collection during the tagging process. All the removed items will eventually go to charity or be recycled where possible.

We’ve been encouraging all Library users to make good use of the resources, including space, in the Wodehouse Library. This means that we are prioritising PC and table spaces for boys who want to get on with prep or quiet reading. Likewise, in the Periodicals Room we have been asking anyone not reading the magazines or newspapers to make way for others.

There have been a number of exciting author visitors to the school since September including Alex Wheatle, MBE, Matt Haig and Stewart Foster. For Stewart, this was a return to Dulwich College where his novel Bubble Boy won the TSBA Award 2017 earlier in the year.

Junior School boys visited the Wodehouse Library for a Shakespeare Tour. Groups were shown around by Mrs Lucy, the Keeper of the Archives, Mrs Cerio and Mr Fletcher.

Back at the start of Michaelmas, boarders spent an evening in the Wodehouse with Mr Fletcher and Year 9 boys took part in a Library and Archives induction. This offered a chance for boys to learn about the resources available to them in the Middle School. Working in groups the boys completed a quiz and listened to a brief talk on Library procedures.

Mr Fletcher presented the non-fiction collection and e-resources that will support Upper School boys, particularly those undertaking CREST Awards or EPQs, in their studies and all Wodehouse Library staff have tried to keep the Upper School study area a peaceful working environment. Specifically aimed at the Upper School we also introduced ‘Readaxation’ as a way of helping boys understand the benefits reading for pleasure can bring despite the various pressures of deadlines and preparing for the future beyond Dulwich College.

Many classes have also come to the Wodehouse with their English teachers to take a closer look at the 42 Reading List books and all have been encouraged to borrow from the fiction collection as part of our ongoing promotion of reading for pleasure in the school.

The Wodehouse Library staff took that reading for pleasure message out and about with our pop-up libraries just after half-term. Popping up in the PE Centre, Lord George Building, The Laboratory and the Christison Hall we were really pleased to speak with so many boys and staff about reading and loans for the week were encouragingly high. If you’re ever stuck for inspiration for what to read next, themed displays appear throughout the Wodehouse and staff are always on hand with suggestions.

We hope the long Michaelmas term has been successful for you all and wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and we look forward to many more good reads in 2018.

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#SummerReading

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The recent hot weather* has prompted thoughts of the long summer break.

With a week to go, it is not too soon to be thinking about your #summerreading and here are some thoughts to help.

Our first suggestions come from Mr Cleary. Andrew Rawnsley is the author of both The End of the Party : the rise and fall of New Labour and Servants of the People : the inside story of New Labour. Given recent comment on the style of our current Prime Minister, it is interesting to read of Tony Blair that:

“He was the most accomplished communicator of his era, a talent not to be dismissed in the age of 24/7 media where a leader is constantly on show. At times of national drama or international crisis, he displayed a high facility for capturing public sentiment and weaving it into the political narrative.”

The End of the Party : the rise and fall of New Labour

Stepping away from politics and into the realm of magical reality we suggest Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. This is a beautiful story featuring characters one can empathize with, just the right amount of magic, some funny bits and a Dog That Sleeps in the Lane:

“…Finn turned down the lane to Petey’s house, expecting to see the Dog That Sleeps in the Lane, but it seemed that the Dog also had other business, because the lane was empty.”

Bone Gap

Also recommended is The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry. This historical novel has appeared on a number of book prize lists and won at the Nibbies (British Book Awards) this year.

“In a Circle Line carriage, westbound, fitful lights showed The Times had nothing happy to report, and in the aisle a bag spilled damaged fruit. There was the scent of rain on raincoats, and among the passengers, sunk in his upturned collar, Dr Luke Garrett was reciting the parts of the human heart.”

The Essex Serpent

Mr Fletcher offers this:

My recommendation for a great summer read is The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. It’s the story of Theo who, aged thirteen, loses his mother in an explosion in an art gallery in New York. As he escapes from the smoke and confusion he impulsively steals a painting, The Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius. He keeps the stolen painting secret whilst growing up but gradually as he gets older the theft sees him drawn into a series of encounters with the criminal underworld. This is a lengthy novel but is gripping from the start and is great to read whilst sitting on a beach or by a pool on a long summer’s day.

Here’s the Trinity Schools Book Award shortlist for 2018 video for more ideas:

http://tsba.edublogs.org/2017/06/06/trinity-school-book-award-2018/

*Obvs the warm weather has not lasted but you can read come rain or shine.

It’s been busy

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Lent has been a busy time here in the Wodehouse Library.

Year 11s spent two of their wellbeing lessons with us learning about plagiarism avoidance using the study skills books and the Encyclopedia Britannica online resource.

Year 9 boys also visited the library for two lessons to work on their history projects. During these lessons boys used Ormiston (the Dulwich College Register) and the Dulwich College War Record, Ancestry.com and other online resources to research an OA who was killed during World War 1.

This year’s Free Learning Day for year 10 saw the Library and Archives team up to deliver 5 sessions exploring Christopher Marlowe’s connections to Dulwich College, conspiracy theories, fake news and fact-checking.

As part of the Trinity Schools Group, Dulwich College hosted the TSBA ceremony which saw author Stewart Foster win with his novel Bubble Boy.

We’ve maintained the usual displays of fiction and non-fiction in and around the library, added new stock and been glad of the continued help of prefects and pupil librarians with on-going weeding and tidying projects. We’re looking forward to seeing both boys and staff over the next few days choosing holiday reading!

Have a great Easter break, everyone, and see you in the Summer Term.

And the winner is…

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No golden envelope hiccups here at Dulwich College as the Master, Dr Joe Spence, announced Stewart Foster as winner of the Trinity Schools Book Award for 2017.

The event was live tweeted with #tsba2017 if you want to check out the Twitter photos and you can read the TSBA blog write up here

It was a great evening with lots of enthusiasm for reading and writing. Both authors, Stewart Foster and Diana Hendry (The Seeing) gave thoughtful and thought-provoking answers to the questions that the students from participating schools had submitted for the Q&A session. In particular we enjoyed hearing about the books which had captured their young imaginations and how hearing their characters speak helps them move the story along.

Many thanks to all the sponsors for the goody bags, the staff and pupils who helped out on the day, the authors and their teams and most of all to all the students who read the stories, voted and came along to the ceremony.

Trinity Schools Book Award

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This week we’ve been telling class groups coming into the Wodehouse Library about the shortlists for the Trinity Schools Book Award 2016 on the theme of Voyages and Journeys:

Junior List

Junior list snip

Senior List

Senior list snip

That’s plenty of reading ahead of next March’s award ceremony although both lists contain some old favourites so we’re looking forward to reminding ourselves of what we most enjoyed about some of these books.

Last year’s winners were Michael Morpurgo for Private Peaceful and Markus Zusak for The Book Thief and alongside the winning authors students were awarded prizes for their creative responses to the books they had read and reviewed. You can read more about the 2015 ceremony here and see photos of the event here.

All the 2016 shortlisted titles are now available in the Wodehouse Library (except for The Road to Little Dibbling by Bill Bryson which will be published later this year).